Feeling Vs. Hearing

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Feeling Vs. Hearing

David McPherson

In Genesis twenty seven, we read where feeble-eyed Isaac sent his eldest son Esau out to "take me some venison" (v. 1-3). Upon his return, his father intended to bless him.

While Esau was away, Rebekah plotted for Jacob (Esauís little brother) to deceive his father and cause himself to be blessed rather than his brother (v. 6-17). Since Esau was a hairy man, much effort went in to placing animal skins upon Jacobís hands and neck. This way when Isaac felt him, he would believe he was dealing with Esau.

Upon entering the room of his father, Jacob said, "I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me" (v. 29). Isaac was a bit puzzled at how quickly "Esau" had returned, but soon "...felt him, and said, The voice is Jacobís voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esauís hands: so he blessed him" (v. 22-23).

Isaac was deceived by relying upon what he "felt" instead of what he "heard." Many today "feel" saved even after they "hear" otherwise. Some "feel" justified in sin although they "hear" why they should not. Donít allow feelings to block out the plain words of truth!



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